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Israel blocks 'peace ship' from Gaza, vows to stop new flotilla

Tuesday May 17, 2011 08:59:22 AM, Agencies

Jerusalem: The Israeli military May 16 blocked a Malaysian anti-war group’s ship from reaching the Gaza Strip and has vowed to stop any new flotilla.

The Malaysian group, the Perdana Global Peace Foundation, said its ship was fired at when it tried to reach Gaza. The group said no one was injured.

 

Denying firing at the ship, the Israeli military said it ordered the ship to return to an Egyptian port where it had been anchored for several days. But it said the vessel disregarded the order, prompting it to fire warning shots. The ship then changed course to return to Egypt.
 

An aid flotilla is scheduled to depart for Gaza in the third week of June, about a year after Israeli forces raided a similar flotilla and killed nine people on a Turkish boat, the Mavi Marmara.

Israeli military officials have confirmed that preparations are under way to stop any new flotilla.

 

Israel maintains a naval blockade of Gaza and restricts goods transferred overland to the Palestinian territory, citing concerns they could be used to attack Israel.



 

 

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